The 36th Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at Keighley Masonic hall, Cooke Street Keighley in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles,G.M.R.A.C. A total of 21 were present, coincidentally the exact same number as in 2017 and it is appropriate that a further reminder be given that Masters in the Chair should attend and represent their Lodges together with the Lodge Association representative.
The retiring President, Worshipful Brother David Howe opened proceedings and the early agenda items were swiftly despatched where upon it was his responsibility to deliver the Presidents address. He had enjoyed a fruitful year visiting every Lodge in the Association at least twice and emphasised that, in his opinion, visiting is at the heart of Freemasonry, especially in the Mark degree, I am sure that we all concur. His Sunday Lunch had proved very successful with thirty nine attendees but he felt that more should be done, especially Senior Past Masters to encourage younger Brethren and take an interest in their welfare, once again spot on.
The W. Bro. David then appointed his successor, the full team being;
President, W .Bro. Keith Berry
Senior Vice President, W.Bro. Stuart Prince, unfortunately absent with work commitments and
Junior Vice President. W. Bro. Richard Bleasedale
The Secretary and Treasurer, Worshipful Brother Tony Breckon, was once again re-appointed and, surprisingly appointed as Assistant Secretary was Worshipful Brother Edward Wilkinson , sadly absent, and hung out to dry his friends!! At the A.G.M. in 2017 , W,Bro. Edward had been appointed Honorary Provincial Seconder, but not being present, the void was filled Worshipful Brother Andrew Jagger who obliged, always on behalf of W.Bro. Edward as seconder or proposer, of virtually all the motions, that for Assistant Secretary W.Bro. Andrew Johnson and, you guessed it, seconded W.Bro. Andrew. The 2019 A.G.M. will be held at Westbourne House, Otley on the 8th May and a Sunday Lunch at the same venue on the 7th April.
The P.G.M. then addressed the meeting beginning congratulating W. Bro. Keith as President and the rest of the Team. The I.M.A.’s have become pillars of the Province and we must encourage them in their endeavours as they are a key component of the communication channels. Brethren were reminded of the changes in the June and September meeting=s of Grand Lodge and cautioned that if you wish to attend, notice must be given to Grand Lodge, it will be acknowledged. R.W.Bro. Jim again stressed that Masters in the Chair have a clear obligation as part of the Role to represent their Lodges in the I.M.A. and wider in the Province, particularly at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge to be held on Saturday 13th April in Bradford. They are ambassadors for the Lodge and Senior Past Masters should ensure that this is drawn to their attention, Finally, whilst Charity is a most important aspect of our work we must not lose sight of the moral standards that we support thereseeking to make better ‘Men of Men’.
Dates for your diaries, 21st June, Provincial Banner dedication at Britannia Lodge of M.M.M.No. 53, Wednesday, 25th July, Combined Mark Lodges in Sheffield, under the banner of Escafeld Lodge of M.M.M. No.1139, an advancement when some very special people will be showing us all how it should be done , both of these at Tapton hall, and on l5th August, a Sunday barbecue organised the Social Committee at the ‘Mercure’ Hotel, Bingley.
A most enjoyable meeting rounded off, whist driving home,,with the news that Huddersfield Town A.F.C. had preserved their Premiership status, Brethren it does not get better than this.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.